The Auckland Plan 2050 recognises te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi in Auckland's past, present, and future. It is the foundation on which local government in Auckland works to deliver
Te Tiriti/the Treaty is New Zealand's founding document. Signed in 1840, it is an enduring, living document, its principles recognised in legislation and interpreted by the courts. It is part of the fabric of New Zealand society.
If you would like to find out more about the Treaty visit the
New Zealand History website.
Auckland Council is a delegate of the Crown exercising powers of local government in Auckland. It has statutory obligations to Māori in order to recognise and respect the Crown's responsibility to take appropriate account of the principles of the Treaty.
The Treaty is articulated in law through an evolving set of principles.
Treaty principles have been expressed and recognised through a range of courts and the Waitangi Tribunal. They are not exhaustive, and it is recognised that other principles may be developed with time.
They must be considered as a whole rather than separately due to the overlaps and synergies between them.
The following principles are relevant to local government:
- active protection
- mutual benefit
- right of development
- informed decision making.
Te Tiriti/the Treaty is a guide for how Auckland Council fosters more positive and productive relationships with Auckland's Māori.